Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, and Meaghan Rath Talk Being Human Season 2
Season 2 of Syfy's "Being Human" premieres on Monday, January 16th, and as a follow-up to the two-part interview we posted earlier this week with showrunners Anna Fricke and Jeremy Carver (Part 1 here and Part 2 here), the network brought out the big guns - stars Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, and Meaghan Rath - for a teleconference touching upon what fans have to look forward to from the trio.
There was quite a bit of banter among the participants and a spoiler or two we were asked not to reveal (mostly regarding Huntington's Josh and his girl friend Nora, played by Kristen Hager) so we separated the wheat from the chaff and bring you the following highlights:
Q: What about the storyline? Does Season Two feel different due to the stories you’re getting to tell?
Sam Witwer: It’s extremely different…very, very different. If Season One was about putting these people who are at risk into a safe environment, well Season Two is all about what is that risk about? With these people and their adversities - you know, the specific risks that they have in terms of being vampire, werewolf, and ghost - what do those conditions mean? And basically what it means is these people are in trouble, and we’re going to see a lot of that trouble this year. We’re going to see why they need so badly to have a sanctuary because things get a little bit darker this year.
Q: Is there a specific scene or moment or something that is going to happen this season that you’re kind of really excited to see the fans’ reaction to?
Meaghan Rath: Yeah, I’m sorry, but we couldn’t even start [to talk] about it right now because we would be fired. [laughter] But there are huge moments for each of us this season that happen sort of midway through for for all of us. There’s definitely a lot to look forward to, some really shocking things happening.
Sam Huntington: Shocking is the right word. Definitely.
Sam Witwer: Yeah, the real challenge I think this year was, we’ve lived with these characters for a season now, and so it’s like okay, what can we show? What new sides of this character can we show? We do get to know these different sides of these characters in big ways.
And the other big challenge this year is that we shot everything a little bit faster. We had less time to do stuff in for various reasons, and so there were several things that I had to do that I was like, 'How am I going to do this?' and I had one take to get it right. So that was a little bit frightening, but I think it all turned out all right; I’ve seen the stuff. And it’s okay; well, I think it works.
Q: So I’m wondering - you all get along so great; are we going to be seeing a lot of tension between the roommates this year?
Sam Witwer: We will be seeing tension between the three in ways that we didn’t see in the first season. Things get pretty serious, and I’ll say this: The scenes feel really good when you do them. There’s some scenes that we have where we’re kind of at each other’s throats… I hope that doesn’t give too much away. And it feels really good in one sense to do because you know that you’re really cooking, like when it’s really working, you feel great about that. On the other hand I don’t like having to shout or be mean to Sammy or Meaghan, you know what I mean? That’s the tough part.
Meaghan Rath: Yeah, this season you will see a lot of tension between the three roommates because we all are on our own journey and trying to get ourselves out of these really desperate situations. So for the reason that we’re doing completely different things when we do come together, there’s a question of can we still relate to each other and how non-judgmental are we actually going to be towards each other? And that generates a lot of tension between us.
Sam Huntington: And you know the temptation this season is just a beast. You know what I mean? Just a beast.
Q: Are there any interesting or favorite guest stars this coming season that you’d like to mention?
Sam Witwer: Mark Pellegrino.
Meaghan Rath: Yeah.
Sam Huntington: There you go.
Meaghan Rath: There are a lot of guest stars we can’t talk about.